Bannan set to make contribution to commonwealth Games

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Andrew Bannan is preparing to make a major contribution at this summer’s Commonwealth Games after being selected as the lead physiotherapist for the swimming events.

The 39-year-old, who works predominantly for Bury Physio and with Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, will be hoping his expertise can help keep the nation’s swimmers in top condition as they go in search of gold medal glory.

And having worked at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Bannan, who was a competitive swimmer at provincial level throughout his teen years, is relishing the opportunity to be involved in another major tournament environment.

“I volunteered for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. That gave me an interest in volunteering for this kind of event, which I hadn’t done before,” he said.

“I worked in the polyclinic in the athletes’ village for the Olympic Games and at the warm-up track and in the stadium for the Paralympics as first contact - ‘field of play physiotherapist ‘ as they call it.

“Some of the other people who were working there are also going to be at the Commonwealth Games, so there is almost a family who work at these events. You get to know each other.

“London was easy to organise and Glasgow is pretty similar. I actually studied physiotherapy in Glasgow as well, at Caledonian University, so I have a soft spot for Glasgow as a city.”

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